A riveting and poignant short story
|Honoré de Balzac|
In the captivating opening scene, an elderly woman trudges through the snowy, deserted streets of a run-down neighborhood in Paris, tailed by an unknown pursuer. The suspense is palpable. This is a short story, and little can be revealed without spoiling it, so the less said about the plot the better. Despite its brevity, it possesses a great depth of emotional power. Balzac expertly captures the paranoia that reigned during this dark period in France’s history, the undying faith of those suffering religious persecution, and the guilt and regret felt by many who saw the new regime as proof that France’s glory days had passed, never to return. An Episode Under the Terror is a very moving and memorable piece of writing. It’s only fault is that it’s so good, you’ll wish it were longer.
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